Taiwan celebrates 13 days of no new COVID-19 cases with lychees

Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung speaks at a press conference on May 20, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, keeping the total number in Taiwan at 440.

Another 224 pneumonia-related reports were released yesterday, and the tally as of press time was 69,876 (including 68,824 already dismissed), with 440 confirmed infections.

Among the confirmed cases, 349 are imported, 55 are categorized as local infections, and 36 belong to the navy cluster infection.

Taiwan has reported 7 deaths so far, and a total of 402 of the COVID-19 patients have already been released from quarantine, Chen said.

The remaining patients are still being monitored.

To celebrate 13 days of no new COVID-19 cases, the CECC placed a box of lychees in front of their table to represent “many zero cases.”

Box of lychees (Photo courtesy of NOWnews)

According to the latest tally, there are 4,921,252 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 187 countries and regions worldwide, including 1,551,150 in the U.S., 299, 941 in Russia, 254,220 in Brazil, 248,818 in the U.K and 232,037 in Spain, with a total of 322,039 deaths as of Wednesday.